Zandvoort: Team Ireland race report

Ireland thwarted in World Cup of Motorsport opener Mishaps mar Ireland's A1GP race hopes Devaney shows strong pace in spite of incidents Zandvoort, Holland, 1 October 2006: Ireland finished 14th in today's opening round of the A1GP World Cup...

Ireland thwarted in World Cup of Motorsport opener

Mishaps mar Ireland's A1GP race hopes
Devaney shows strong pace in spite of incidents

Zandvoort, Holland, 1 October 2006: Ireland finished 14th in today's opening round of the A1GP World Cup of Motorsport in Zandvoort, Holland, after driver Michael Devaney endured a series of mishaps that prevented the Rathfarnham driver from converting his impressive pace into a points-scoring result in the Feature Race. This included a lengthy first pit stop caused by a sheered axel mechanism and a spin later in the race which dropped him down the order after he had made good progress. He recovered to claim 14th, lapping quickly in both the wet and dry conditions which made the event challenging in terms of race strategy and driving conditions.

Michael Devaney, 14th position

"This was a disappointing end to a frustrating weekend for me and the whole team. Nothing seemed to go right for us and the races were difficult after qualifying so far down the order. The Feature Race was a bit of a lottery, the pit stop took ages because of the axle problem and I also made a mistake later on which cost us a lot of time. We shouldn't have been starting 15th on the grid in the first place. At least we know where we are with the car which means we'll be in better shape for the race next weekend."

Andy Miller, Technical Director

"The result is no where near a reflection of the pace we have got. It is vital to qualify at the front and stay with the quick runners rather than get held up. The strategy we ran was correct but equipment failure meant we did not reap the benefits. Michael was very quick in the wet and in the dry latter part of the Feature Race, so we just have to make sure we make things count next weekend in the Czech Republic."

Mark Gallagher, Team Principal

"We knew this weekend would be tough but from the moment we encountered the fuel pressure problems which robbed us of final practice, it was an uphill battle. The Feature Race was marred by the pit stop caused by a component failure which we will have to discuss with our colleagues in A1GP. Michael drove hard and set good times which give us reason to believe that without the problems we'd have been at the sharp end. It was fantastic to see a capacity crowd here in Zandvoort and to see A1GP get off to an amazing start for year 2. The support we have had from Irish fans here has been terrific."

-credit: team ireland

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Series A1GP
Drivers Michael Devaney